A Memoir of Jane Austen: Together with ’Lady Susan’ by James Edward Austen Leigh

By James Edward Austen Leigh

While James Edward Austen-Leigh's Memoir of his recognized aunt used to be released in 1870, faraway from pleasurable public interest approximately Jane Austen because the relations had meant, it easily raised a chain of latest questions, really approximately Jane Austen's unpublished paintings, which have been pointed out in basic terms in passing. Austen Leigh used to be persuaded to factor a much-expanded moment variation in 1871. right here he incorporated for the 1st time the whole texts of Jane Austen's novel in letters, girl Susan, and the fragmentary novel The Watsons, in addition to a short precis of her final unfinished paintings, later often called Sanditon. while he took the chance to revise the biographical sections of the Memoir in part to incorporate new details that had come to mild because the first version, in order that all in the entire moment variation has a importance for Austen students really become independent from the 1st.

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Orders had Jane A listen. 25 been given b y Buonaparte's government to detain all English travellers, but at the post-houses Mrs. H e n r y A u s t e n gave t h e necessary orders herself, and her French was so perfect that she passed everywhere for a native, and her husband escaped under this protection. She was a clever woman, and highly accomplished, after t h e French rather than the English m o d e ; and in those days, when intercourse with the Continent was long interrupted b y war, such an element in the society of a country parsonage must have been a rare acquisition.

Description of Steventon—Life at Steventon—Changes of Habits and Customs in the last Century. As the first twenty-five years, more than half of th brief life of Jane Austen, were spent in the parsonag of Steventon, some description of that place ought t be given. Steventon is a small rural village upon the chalk hills of north Hants, situated in a winding valley about seven miles from Basingstoke. The South-Western railway crosses it by a short embankment, and, as it curves round, presents a good view of it on the left hand to those who are travelling down the line, about three miles before entering the tunnel under Popham Beacon.

HUMBUG and FANNY discovered at work. Mrs. Hum. You understand me, my love ? Fanny. Perfectly, ma'am : pray continue your narration. Mrs. Hum. Alas! it is nearly concluded; for I have nothing more to say on the subject. Fanny. Ah ! here is Daphne. SCENE Enter DAPHNE. Daphne. My dear Mrs. Humbug, how d'ye do? Oh ! Fanny, it is all over. Fanny. Is it indeed ! Mrs. Hum. I'm very sorry to hear it. Fanny. Then 'twas to no purpose that I Daphne. None upon earth. Mrs. Hum. And what is to become of ? Daphne.

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